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FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003

Chapel Hill, NC United States

October 2019

The Hen Crows: How A Group of Korean Women’s Hockey Players Redefined Perceptions of the Peninsula

October 23 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In Korea there is a saying: "If the hen crows, the household collapses." This refers to the centuries-old belief that women are to be subservient to men, much in Confucian tradition. When South Korea hosted the Winter Olympics in 2018, a group of formerly unknown hockey players forever changed the perceptions of women in Korea, and what a unified peninsula could resemble. South Korea's women's national hockey team, which became largely remembered as the Unified team after adding 12 North…

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November 2019

The Other Milk: Reinventing Soy in Republican China

November 4 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

The Other Milk examines how, why, and through what means nutrition science came to matter in China by exploring the ways in which self-styled laymen and scientific nutritional activists re-invented the soybean, and soybean milk, for the modern age. I will talk about how Chinese intellectuals became concerned that the Chinese diet was deficient and insufficient for nourishing strong, modern citizens. The soybean, as a protein-packed and domestically grown food, became the nutritional solution to the perceived problem of the…

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Comparative Queer Southeast Asian Studies

November 8 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Louis Dumont’s insight that mutual interdependence through difference informs hierarchical arrangements helps make sense both of Southeast Asia’s long-standing gender binarism and of the relative tolerance historically afforded people of non-normative gender and sexuality in the region. Even when gender binarism loses its primacy, as some recent reports suggest it has in queer circles, other sorts of differences sustain the notion that only individuals who are unlike are able to enter into long-term relationships. LGBT activists mounting campaigns against legal…

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